The costs of professional training are easily found. Finding and measuring professional training value can be a challenge.
Can You Measure Professional Training ROI?
The costs in professional training ROI are usually easy to find. Measuring training returns is not so easy.
Many business people discover just how difficult it is to measure training ROI when they hear something like this from the boss:
Show us in terms we can believe that training has a positive ROI. Otherwise expect a smaller training budget!
Business professionals know that words of that kind are especially likely just after:
- Acquisitions and mergers.
- New senior leadership arrives.
- Working capital dries up.
- Zero-based budgeting begins.
Training Costs are Easy to Find
The “Investment”, or cost side of professional training ROI is usually easy to find. Training and HR Managers probably have the data on hand already. Usually they record such things as:
- Trainee head counts.
- Training certifications.
- Utilization rates for instructors
- Training expense per employee.
- Total course costs.
Where’s the Hard Evidence for Training Returns?
The challenge in most cases, however, is producing hard evidence for “returns,” or proving training value.
The good news is that you can indeed measure training value objectively, quantitatively, and credibly. You can in fact measure value to the organization and value to the trainee.
The other-than-good news is that putting effective training measurement in place takes time and effort.
Read the full story in Return on Investment for Training. This article presents a structured approach to measuring training ROI. Seven practical steps in this approach can be used in a wide range of settings.
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